Update on Kansas Battle

There are new twists and turns in Kansas over the crucial issue of abortion records. As you remember, Attorney General Phill Kline has been waging battle for over a year to determine whether various abortionists, including Planned Parenthood, are violating the law.

Two crucial laws are at stake: one requires all medical personnel in that state to report suspected cases of child sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities. Most states have such laws, including Idaho. The other is a law which bans late-term abortions, that is, after 22 weeks, unless there is a serious threat to the mother’s health.

Kansas is the home of the infamous George Tiller, who has established a nation-wide abortion practice specializing in killing late-term babies. The Attorney General of Kansas strongly suspects that Tiller is systematically violating the law; it seems unlikely that hundreds of women could all be suffering from acute health threats, year after year. The AG wants to see those medical records to determine if there is a shred of medical reason for all those late-term abortions. We reported last week that Tiller has been busily shredding documents – even before the state supreme court issues a ruling.

Just days ago, the AG narrowed the scope of his request for records – an issue now pending before the court.

In response, Planned Parenthood has issued a public threat. In order to stop the Attorney General from getting at their records involving teenage girls, they have publicly stated that even if the Supreme Court orders them to release documents – they will continue to fight to keep cases of suspected abuse secret.

Planned Parenthood says it will help girls to file individual lawsuits to keep their records secret, including hiring attorneys for them. That should keep the AG tangled up for years – meanwhile, predators are free to continue their search-and-destroy habits.

We continue to emphasize this story because it has direct application to the families in Idaho. It demonstrates the appalling arrogance of Planned Parenthood and its partners in the abortion industry. But it also helps explain why so few law enforcement officials are willing to hold Planned Parenthood accountable to the law.

You may be certain that more than a few attorneys general and local prosecutors are watching this story to gauge the integrity of our court system.

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